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Brandon Thibodeaux

Brandon Thibodeaux is a photographer and educator based in Houston, TX, who creates portraits in the documentary tradition. In addition to his assignment work and creative commissions, he explores life in the American South. He is a guest instructor with the Santa Fe Photographic and Maine Media Workshops, as well as both the Houston and Los Angeles Centers of Photography.

 

His work has been recognized by American Photo Magazine, Photo District News, and the Oxford American lists him as one of their 100 Under 100, New Superstars of Southern Art. His long-term photographic project based in the Mississippi Delta first entitled, When Morning Comes, was awarded Center’s Gallerist Choice Award 2013, AI-AP American Photography 30, the Critical Mass Solo Show Award 2013, the 2014 Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography Grant and the 2016 Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Review Award.

 

This work, later published as a book by Red Hook Editions in 2017, under the new title, In That Land of Perfect Day, has been featured by numerous publications including American Photo Magazine, B+W Magazine, Garden &Gun, PDN, Port Magazine, Oxford American, The New York Times, Time.com and The Washington Post.

 

Prints from this series are held in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Telfair Museums, Savannah, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, and various private collections, including The Do Good Fund, Inc.

Artist Statement

Evangeline: Drawn in part from Longfellow's epic poem, Evangeline, this ongoing body of work takes place across a somber southern Louisiana landscape. Adopted as lore by the southern Cajun communities, this story of love, loss and hopeless longing, depicts Evangeline's search for her lost love when the two young souls are torn apart.

 

"Long among them was seen a maiden who waited and wandered,

Lowly and meek in spirit, and patiently suffering all things,

Fair was she and young; but, alas! before her extended,

Dreary and vast and silent, the desert of life, with its pathway

Marked by the graves of those who had sorrowed and suffered before her,

Passions long extinguished, and hopes long dead and abandoned.” (excerpt)

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Release Date: May 28, 2021

"Set in a somber southern Louisiana landscape, the image, Rain, Avery Island, LA, 2020, is from an ongoing body of work drawn in part from Longfellow's epic poem, Evangeline. Adopted as lore by the Cajun communities of the region, this fictional tale of loss, longing, and an unrelenting love, depicts Evangeline's search for her betrothed, Gabriel, when the two young Acadians are torn apart by war."

Rain, Avery Island, LA, 2020

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Release Date: October 29, 2021

Reflection, Vacherie, LA, 2020